From the MERS cases, 35% end in death. Most of those who have died from MERS were observed to have weakened immune systems or had underlying medical conditions. Thus, preventing MERS is crucial to avoiding fatalities.
Though there is still no vaccine for MERS-CoV, treatment is available to manage the symptoms. As long as patients have a strong, healthy immune system, the possibility of a full recovery is very high.
Preventing MERS: How you can protect yourself
MERS-CoV is transmitted via respiratory droplets and can enter a person’s system via nose, mouth, and eyes. When it comes to preventing MERS-CoV, there are a couple of things that you can do even if you do come in contact with a carrier of the virus.
Frequent hand washing is the most recommended for preventing MERS-CoV. On average, a person touches his face more than five times per hour.
That’s 700 times a day. Your hand normally comes into contact with a lot of people and surfaces, making it easy to pick up germs. The MERS-CoV virus spreads from the hand to the skin, and remains alive for a few hours on surfaces like railings, the floor, and countertops.
Frequent hand washing and sanitizing are a few ways of preventing MERS-CoV. It is recommended that you wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. You need to lather thoroughly – focusing on scrubbing between the fingers and the back of the hand – to make sure that bacteria and other viruses are killed.
It does not matter if you use ordinary soap or antibacterial soap. What is more important is that you wash thoroughly. It is the combination of soap plus the rubbing of the hands for 20 seconds that gets rid of the virus and makes preventing MERS more effective.